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Top 05 Things to Do in Galle – Discover the Rich Heritage of the South Coast

Nestled along the south coast of Sri Lanka, the city of Galle is a must-visit destination when holidaying in the country. Known for its colonial landmarks and rich history, it offers an unforgettable journey of discovery; here are some of the best things to do on your visit.


Explore the Galle Fort

When it comes to attractions in Galle, the stunning Dutch Fort takes pride of place. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was initially constructed by the Portuguese in the 16th century; however, it was during the period of Dutch rule in the 17th century that it became the impressive site you see today. The ramparts overlook the sea and walking along them is a popular activity. Within the fort, you can wander along charming cobbled streets where you will Dutch-style buildings, the Dutch Reformed Church and the Old Gate with its British coat of arms.


Visit the Maritime Archaeology Museum

Housed within an old Dutch warehouse, the Maritime Archaeology Museum is a key site at the fort and visiting it is amongst the captivating things to do in Galle, Sri Lanka. At this museum, you will find two main galleries; at the first, you can learn about maritime history and exhibits include watercraft and vessels traditionally used by local fishermen and traders, fishing tools, models of Dutch ships and more. The second gallery features information on marine ecosystems and showcases coral specimens, models of marine species and a skeleton of a whale.


Take Boat Safaris Along Koggala Lake

Those looking for some outdoor adventure can head to Koggala Lake where an enthralling boat safari awaits. On your journey, you will see thriving mangroves as well as wildlife; this includes various bird species, huge water monitors, monkeys and if you are lucky, even saltwater crocodiles! There are islands to visit here too such as Cinnamon Island where you can see how cinnamon is processed and "Madol Doova", the focal point of a book by renowned local author, Martin Wickramasinghe. Consider being based at properties close to this lake and within easy reach of the fort such as The Fortress Resort & Spa to enjoy such excursions.


Spend Time at Unawatuna Beach

Near Galle is one of the most idyllic beaches in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna Beach. The pristine shores bordered by palm trees draw locals and foreigners from around the world looking to soak up the sun in this slice of paradise. It is an ideal spot for swimming too since the waters are relatively calm. Sunbeds are available here, while you will find restaurants and eateries nearby. When at Unawatuna Beach, you can also visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda which offers some amazing coastal vistas.


Experience Ayurveda Spa Rituals

After all your adventures in Galle, the perfect way to relax and find rejuvenation is to experience some traditional Ayurveda spa treatments. Some hotels in Galle have onsite spas which feature such therapies and a specialist ayurvedic doctor. Utilising age-old wellness techniques and all-natural oils and herbs, such treatments offer holistic healing for mind, body and souls. They include full-body massages, head, neck and shoulder massages, foot massages, herbal facials, herbal inhalation and more.

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